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Irish Times Literature Prizes

The Irish Times Literature Prizes

The Irish Times awards two prizes. Founded in 1988 and originally sponsored jointly by that newspaper and Aer Lingus, thereafter by the Irish Times alone, the awards are described as "offering Irish writers, novelists as well as those in other categories, a new opportunity to work towards a prize which is comparable with that available to writers in other countries. . . . The institution of an award with an international dimention in addition to a purely Irish award, will allow Irish writers to be judged against international standards." Thus there is a group of Irish Literature Prizes, awarded for poetry and nonfiction as well as fiction, and an International Fiction Prize, which is given to the author of a work of fiction written in English and published in Ireland, the UK, or the United States, and which has in fact usually gone to a North American. The International Fiction Prize is worth IR£7500, the Irish Literature Prizes IR£5000 each. The judges are a panel of literary editors and critics who "call in" books from publishers and choose the winner from a shortlist.

Irish Literature Prizes

1989Frank RonanThe Man Who Loved Evelyn Cotton
1990fiction
poetry
John McGahern
Ciaran Carson
Amongst Women
Belfast Confetti
1991non-fiction
first book
J. J. Lee
Colm Toibin
Ireland 1912-1985
The South
1992fiction
poetry
Patrick McCabe
Derek Mahon
The Butcher Boy
Selected Poems
1993non-fiction
first book
Brian Keenan
John MacKenna
An Evil Cradling
The Fallen and Other Stories
1995fiction
non-fiction
poetry
Kathleen Ferguson
Paddy Devlin
Robert Greacen
A Maid's Tale
Straight Left
Collected Poems
1997fiction
non-fiction
poetry
Seamus Deane
Declan Kiberd
Paul Muldoon
Reading in the Dark
Inventing Ireland
New Selected Poems
1999fiction
non-fiction
poetry
Antonia Logue
Neil Belton
Seamus Heaney
Shadow-Box
The Good Listener. Helen Bamber: A Life Against Cruelty
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Opened Ground
2001fiction
non-fiction
poetry
William Trevor
Angela Bourke
Michael Longley
The Hill Bachelors
The Burning of Bridget Cleary
The Weather in Japan

International Fiction Prize

1989Don DeLilloLibra
1990A. S. ByattPossession
1991Louis BegleyWartime Lies
1992Norman RushMating
1993E. Annie ProulxThe Shipping News
1995J. M. CoetzeeThe Master of Petersburg
1997Seamus DeaneReading in the Dark
1999Lorrie MooreBirds of America
 2001Michael OndaatjeAnil's Ghost

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